Monthly Archives: October 2011

daddy’s girl • neave & chris lennertz • redondo beach, ca

This is a special sneak from my session with the Madden-Lennertz family. I really wanted to post this one image for Shannon & Chris to enjoy while I am working on their other shots, because this picture just strikes me as so dear. Neave’s expression (how can I even describe it?), & the way that […]

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gap-toothed grin • the mcdonald-van rossum family • los angeles, ca

What a treat it is for me to photograph & blog about this family! I first met Celeste when we were hired the same year at Beverly Hills High School to teach English & attended the new teacher orientation meeting. We were fresh out of grad school & trying to dress older than our age […]

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blue-eyed babes • the lappin-molina family • los angeles, ca

The first time I met Dr. Jody was in her office when Zoë was three days old. That day was originally our “meet the pediatrician” appointment, but Zoë arrived over the weekend, so we got to meet Jody with newborn in tow. Jody is an amazing doctor who patiently spends time with us every visit, […]

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vivacious violet • the stackleather family • rancho palos verdes, ca

It was so fun to catch up with the Stackleathers! I have missed seeing them at my daughter’s school since they relocated a while ago. And what fun it was to see how big Noah & Lea have grown since our holiday photos two years ago. Noah is sporting a totally cool surfer ‘do to […]

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fabulous four • the canley family • los angeles, ca

The last time I got to do pictures with the Canleys, little baby girl Mayson was just weeks old, & she pretty much dozed her way through the session. I had also had the pleasure of doing pregnancy portraits for Vanessa & Bryan when they were awaiting Mayson, & just looking at those two good-lookin’ […]

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balance {二} • wang shifu • shaolin temple kung fu

Here’s a second set from the “Balance” series featuring Wang Shifu. The images seemed to divide themselves into two stories: the one that played out in light & dark {part 1}, then these that seemed to tell a different tale in color…

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balance {一} • wang shifu • shaolin temple kung fu

This is my third installment of my project with Shifu Wang Bo of Shaolin Temple Kung Fu. We had such a rich morning of shooting: the location was inspiring for us both, & I used it to structure our session. I showed Wang Shifu three areas that I wanted to use, & I asked him […]

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li’l pun’kins • the buccolo family • palos verdes estates, ca

I had the pleasure of getting connected with Gina through our mutual midwife, Diane Dawson—& it’s always so wonderful to meet other moms through friends. Gina is a true Renaissance woman—a working mother who somehow finds time to take pastry classes & blog her thoughts & information about the sustainable lifestyle. And she manages to […]

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work out • figure studies • crossfit hax

For those of you who might not know it, my husband Max runs CrossFit HAX in Harbor City, CA. He has been a diehard advocate of the CrossFit methodology since trying it out more than four years ago. He has always been into fitness & nutrition (having grown up with a dance teacher for a […]

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bellboys • the bell brothers & families • playa del rey, ca

Bryen & Michael Bell are hilarious. They always, always crack me up when we do pictures, because they are so much fun with their kids, & if you could see the eye-rolls they get from their wives! In fact, I wanted to title this post “ding-dongs,” & I think they would have loved it. It’s […]

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golden cave • shifu wang bo • shaolin temple kung fu

Here is a selection from my second set of images of Wang Shifu. He is such a riveting performer & martial artist, so in his craft. It’s amazing to watch someone do something they’ve done since childhood–he & his art are inseparable, like the dancer & the dance…

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little bells • the corter-bell kids & family • palos verdes estates, ca

Ah, my good friends, the Corter-Bells! We have known each other on the crazy journey of parenthood for the last six years. We met through our wonderful mutual friends, Karen & Jason, who encouraged us to get together when Alithea & I were pregnant with our first babies. We both shared an interest in homebirthing […]

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mama L. • beautiful belly extraordinary pregnancy portraiture • palos verdes estates, ca

What a spirited, energetic, luscious session I had with Mama L.! She is an actor & first time mommy, & her personality just filled up the room in such a warm & wonderful way. Being a performer, she was so game to play! And she was so grounded in her baby-bearing body, so full of […]

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gong gong • a portrait of my maternal grandfather

I made this photo during a winter holiday visit home to Taiwan while I was in college. Both my grandfathers loved having their picture taken. They were so regal & stoic, so proud & handsome in that Chinese grandfatherly kind of way. This is my mother’s father, who I knew as Gong Gong. His Chinese […]

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rock & water • wang bo • shaolin monk & kung fu shifu

My daughter recently started taking kung fu at the Shaolin Temple school near our home. The first time we met Yuan Shifu & Wang Shifu, we knew that we had finally found the teachers we were looking for–their presence is strong & caring, & their expertise is obvious. (I was also excited that Zoë might […]

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